Thursday, September 06, 2012


We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. . .

America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer – but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless these United States. 

-- President Barack Obama, Democratic Party National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, September 6, 2012.

Today's Rune: Flow.   


Erik Donald France said...

"[Y]ou can hardly expect, Helen, that you, as a rational being, can go through the world as it now is, without forming any opinion on points of public importance. You cannot, I conceive, satisfy yourself with the common namby-pamby little missy phrase, 'ladies have nothing to do with politics'." -- Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849). I love the fact that "namby-pamby" and "little missy" quips were already in circulation more than 150 years ago -- and are still being used in the 21st century.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, that was a pretty nice speech. Shades of John Kennedy